On the outside it is charred wood that defines the extension and its dark cladding makes for a striking visual. Practicality is combined cleverly with unassuming design and modern aesthetics to create a dashing extension that completely alters the ambiance inside a previously dark and dreary Dublin home.
It is the courtyard that facilitates flow of natural light across the two levels and gives the interior an open and bright ambiance despite its private street façade. The use of white for the backdrop accentuates a sense of airiness while modern minimal décor keeps the living area uncluttered.
Both acoustically and visually this common courtyard leading to the living area kitchen and dining is carefully hidden from the boisterous world that surrounds it. Adding to this is the cedar cladding that filters out any remaining sounds to offer an inviting modern and quiet living environment filled with tranquility.
It is the direction of the wind from the west that defines the main access of the house and its overall silhouette. It is this spatial arrangement that also shapes the floor plan on the inside with two different wings containing the private and public areas of the home.
Today we delve into the childhood home of Stephen Kavanagh in and take a look at a rear extension that is inviting contemporary and filled with plenty of natural light. The extension brings natural ventilation into an old terraced house and acts as a semi-open interface between the main house and the large garden outside.
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
It is easy to fall in love with this modern industrial Barcelona home where space has been carefully reimagined to create a flowing interior. Much of the original building and its industrial elements were left intact as the exposed brick walls metallic framework and exposed wooden beams mingle with polished contemporary finishes.